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Woman dropped off forged prescription on same day she shoplifted at pharmacy, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Aug 01 2013 08:31:49 PM CDT
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A woman tried to have a prescription she forged filled at a pharmacy where she was shoplifting, officials said.

Brianne Bassler dropped off an altered prescription for the painkiller oxycodone at the Walgreens at 2979 Linden St., Bethlehem, around 7:20 p.m. April 29, and then shoplifted about $85 in cosmetics with the help of a male accomplice, officials said.

Two store employees stopped the man before he could leave the store with Bassler's purse, which he held open while Bassler stuffed it with the eye liner, eye shadow, lip gloss, blush, fake nails and other merchandise, officials said.

But the man refused to open the handbag for the employees because, he said, it did not belong to him, officials said, adding that while the employees searched for Bassler, she and the man ducked out of the store.

Police went to Bassler's home after they were given a copy of her driver's license by pharmacy staff, and she agreed to return all of the stolen merchandise, officials said.

The following day, pharmacy staff told police they had confirmed Bassler had changed her 5 milligram prescription for oxycodone to 15 milligrams, officials said.

Bassler, 25, of 1717 Falcon Drive, Bethlehem was arraigned Wednesday on charges of forgery, retail theft and attempting to acquire a controlled substance and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 12.